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Familiar face...Red-tailed Hawk

 
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Sep 02, 2013 05:24 |  #1

Each nesting season it leaves the botanical garden and returns around late August or early September. We have never located it's nest but this is what I suspect happens with this adult Red-tailed Hawk.

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Over the last few weeks it has made it's presence known around the botanical garden and the juvenile RTH I've been photographing since early March has not been seen since. My guess is this adult has driven it out of the area.

I know I've been photographing it since 2008 when I first started going to the botanical garden because of the middle talon on it's right foot and my guess is it's a female due to it's size.

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It's more wary of humans but it doesn't fly away when it sees someone and it likes to perch higher in the trees unlike the juvenile hawk who preferred to perch about 8'-10' off the ground. This one is seen on the ground on occasion though.

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I have yet to get a decent image of it I'm happy with but with patience my hope is I will be at the right place and right time.

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Sep 02, 2013 05:36 |  #2

Nice shots Duane. I especially like the one on the ground. Its nice to be able to photograph the same bird over the course of time. It may not nest near where you get to take pictures. I had been shooting a Red Shouldered Hawk that hung around and hunted in a nature preserve but chose to nest about a mile away in a tree in someones backyard. Go figure!


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Sep 02, 2013 06:23 |  #3

A very nice series indeed. Often times we are our harshest critic.

Please post more of this one.


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Sep 02, 2013 07:22 |  #4

Beautiful bird Duane! Love the 'eye contact' in #1


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Sep 02, 2013 07:42 |  #5

Beautiful set Duane, I would be quite happy with any of those shots. You have a nice collection of different poses.


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Sep 02, 2013 09:56 |  #6

Great shots! I guess that gimpy talon doesn't hamper it's ability to survive?




  
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Sep 02, 2013 09:58 |  #7

Nice series Duane. Love the back stories of your raptors.


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Sep 02, 2013 09:58 |  #8

Duane N wrote in post #16260642 (external link)
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I have yet to get a decent image of it I'm happy with but with patience my hope is I will be at the right place and right time.

This is a great photograph. You have captured the beauty of this Raptor from the tip of the beak down to that Red Tail. The variations of color of feathers are amazing and those white feathery legs.
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Sep 02, 2013 12:40 as a reply to  @ ID rocks's post |  #9

Terrific shots of an amazing bird!


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Sep 02, 2013 14:25 |  #10

hi , thanks for sharing , just noticed the object in the middle of the birds breast ,
looks like a hawk bell ?


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Sep 02, 2013 15:31 as a reply to  @ macui1's post |  #11

Hi, I'm new to this forum. I know birds of prey quite well , and that is a toe.




  
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Sep 02, 2013 18:06 |  #12

macui1 wrote in post #16261691 (external link)
hi , thanks for sharing , just noticed the object in the middle of the birds breast ,
looks like a hawk bell ?

That's it's foot. Raptors will tuck their legs up from time to time and I captured it in mid-tuck I guess.


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Sep 02, 2013 18:09 |  #13

Jeff Bertch wrote in post #16261869 (external link)
Hi, I'm new to this forum. I know birds of prey quite well , and that is a toe.

I never claimed to be a raptor expert so thank you for the clarification on the proper term for the body part. The talon is actually the nail of toe...you made me look it up....lol.


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Sep 03, 2013 00:47 |  #14

Duane, to bad about your "pet" juvenile, I have full confidence that you are going to get a "cracker" of a shot of this adult (the ones above already are great to me ;))


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Sep 03, 2013 04:40 |  #15

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Great shots! I guess that gimpy talon doesn't hamper it's ability to survive?

In-flight the toe looks normal so I don't think it's actually broken....maybe it did break a long time ago...not sure. This hawk hunts and eats well at the botanical garden. It's an expert at destroying a squirrels nest to get to what's inside (babies).


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